Sunday, July 8, 2012

Jul

8

1942

Shipped out of Tobruk as a PoW

A German picture of British prisoners of war captured at Tobruk

One of the guards lounging above the hatch shouted. We looked up and saw an Italian army padre peering down at us. He had a poor command of English and not a lot of tact. “Englishmans,” he called, “You have been conquered,” and got no further. From somewhere in the hold a tightly knotted tarry rag rose and caught him fairly in the face. Exit padre. We never saw him again.